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Agriculture In Nigeria: Are We Progressing or Retrogressing

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The Agricultural Sector of the Nation (Nigeria) today is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country today as new technical innovations and ideas are being introduced daily to improve and drive forward the sector’s improvement.

Although in the past, the country has been famous for the exportation of cash crops like cocoa, groundnut, rubber and the likes; but they are now known as one of the world’s largest producers of poultry.

One of the major branches of agriculture in Nigeria that is really moving forward today is the branch concerning Aquaculture and Bird Brooding otherwise known Poultry farming.

The area of Aquaculture is really progressing and improving daily as new ideas , innovations, and farmers that will enable massive growth of the sector are being introduced into the system of aqua-cultural farming, besides that the federal government should be able and capable to provide funds and investment that will boost the Agricultural system.

POULTRY

The Area of poultry farming requires staged, balanced and determined personnel that are very willing to venture and also exploit the system of farming.

Although many people think and believe that the area of bird farming requires a huge investment capital before an individual can venture into the business, but with the right and adequate enlightenment given to them they could and would fully realize that one can also start small.

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A new farmer who is just beginning or starting the business could begin with just a starting amount of 150-200 birds, that is to start small, and it wouldn’t take too much for the feeding, and after all this at the end of 8-12 weeks the farmer could begin marketing and selling them .

Although he/she would find out that the amount of birds for sale in the market now is really competitive.

AQUACULTURE

As the human population continues to increase, finding sources of feeding human beings is a major challenge faced around and all over the globe, and a healthy diet that is rich in protein contents is required to make certain that the vastly growing population does not give in to sicknesses and diseases.

Fish and other aquatic organisms matches the sculpt for vigorous sources of protein.

The role of fish farming (Aquaculture) in making sure a constant supply of aquatic varieties for human utilization cannot be overemphasized. Medical research into the health profits of consistently consuming fish is bountiful.

One famous buzz word within the healthy eating faction is Omega-3 fatty acids, which are normally found in most fishes. Numerous research studies point out that these fatty acids help decrease many forms of cancer and enhance healthy brain tissue.

CASH CROPPING

As of the year 2010 crop farming provided jobs for over 30% of the country’s population, thereby making it one of the highest job providing sectors In the country.

COCOA

The country Nigeria is one of the largest producers of the cocoa cash crop, which is mainly reserved for exportation to other countries.

Cocoa is presently the foremost non-oil foreign exchange earner in Nigeria.

In the year 1969, Nigeria produced 145,000 tons of cocoa beans for export, but they have the potential of producing more than 300,000 tons yearly, making them the highest producers of Cocoa in Africa.

Oil Palm

The palm production commerce constitute a major sector of the Nigerian financial system, producing food and raw materials for the Food, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Rubbers and the Bio-energy producing industries.

In Nigeria the organization that has priceless information concerning oil palm production is the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research. The official directive of the institute is to conduct research into the production and products of oil palm and other palms of profitable importance and migrate its inquiry findings to farmers.

On that note we Nigerians implore and beseech the federal government to invest more funds and more attention towards the agricultural sector of the country as it is posing a very huge investor towards the growth of the country.

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9 Amazing Benefits of Fish Farming In Nigeria

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Fish Farming In Nigeria

9 Amazing Benefits of Fish Farming In Nigeria

Amazing benefits of Fish Farming business In Nigeria

The business of fish farming in Nigeria is no doubt a very lucrative, considering the lots of amazing benefits attached to it; Nigerians should give much attention on the business.
It is surely a step forward in the improvement of agricultural business industry of Nigeria.

There have been series of questions on the importance of fish and fish farming. All these questions will be answered.

The invention of ponds has enormously helped in the harnessing the lots of benefits one can get from fish apart from those ages of catching and consumption of fishes. One outstanding benefits of fish farming business in countries like, to Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Gambia, Tanzania, Chad and other countries who engage in them is the fact that it provides us with ready meat.

But in general, the aquaculture and economic benefits goes beyond that and cannot be overlooked. Fish is seen to be a great gift of nature to mankind, ranging from the provision of food, to the source of revenue and more.

What are those benefits of Fish Farming in Nigeria?

There are so many benefits attached to this business of fish farming which will be discussed below.

  1. Source of food

With the increase in the population of human beings, means of feeding people is one of the most important challenges faced globally. People need to eat even in times economic recessions. And there is need for provision of a healthy diet, rich in protein to make sure that growing population does not fall victim of sickness and disease. Fish and other aquatic organisms can fit into this model for healthy source of food (protein). The best way to achieve this is to directly or indirectly engage in aquaculture.
So there is great need for the government and related agencies to fund loans to encourage people to engage in this long-overlooked business for the interest of the nation at large.

  1. Serves as a source of income

High rate of Poverty in Nigeria can be attributed to unemployment opportunities in the country while we sit on lots of opportunities yet to be harnessed. Most individuals now make their income and revenue for themselves and their families as well as create employment opportunities for others through this business of fish farming. Don’t be left behind, the door is open for all.

  1. Serves as the choice of the customer

Fish is seen to be more affordable than most meat and that may explain it is being rushed by people more than the meat. Boarding schools and houses adopt fishes as a compulsory part of their diets thereby increasing its popularity.

4. Used as Poultry feed
the unused parts of fishes like scales, bones, innards and dried fish powder helps in Egg and meat production of poultry as these portions are highly nutritious feed ingredients of poultry farming.

  1. Unrestricted environment

Fish farming is seen to be from any environmental pollution or hazard unlike others like poultry, piggery which contributes to pollution of environment. One can set up fish pond anywhere without being a nuisance to his or her neighbors. That gives you an edge over other people dealing on other agricultural business like poultry and piggery, even other industries which can be restricted from being in some areas.

  1. Ready and available on demand

One can hasten the growth of his/her fish by feeding them with the right diet. This will make them ready and available on demand for consumers and marketers. That means, you won’t be lacking sales and incomes.

  1. It encourages mutual agriculture

Another amazing benefits of Fish Farming business In Nigeria is that supports mutual agricultural establishment, whereby one use proceeds from your other products to care for the fishes. This generally makes things easier for the farmer and reduces the cost of running the farm.

  1. Easy to maintain

The feeding of the fishes is less expensive. Also maintenance of the facilities involved is easy.

  1. Demand supply of choice

There are opportunities of breeding different species of fishes; therefore one can gain access to his/her favorite species of fish easily on demand rather than going to streams or rivers to get it.

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